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    These Are The People Funding UKIP's Election Campaign

    Nigel Farage's party is surging ahead in the polls thanks to a more professional campaign. The money to help them is coming from the City and property developers.

    Nigel Farage's UKIP is surging ahead in the polls for the EU election, helped by an increasingly professional campaigning team. But this costs money. And the people with money tend to work in the City or property business.

    Figures released on Thursday morning by the Electoral Commission show that the total sum of donations received by the Eurosceptic party hit £493,000 in the first three months of 2014, a up from £270,000 received in the final three months of 2013.

    These were UKIP's biggest donors between January and March, along with the amount they donated. They are the ones digging deep to fund the party's surge.

    Stuart Wheeler, spread betting tycoon, donated £185,000 to UKIP.

    Upmarket London property developer Mura Estates donated £65,000 to UKIP.

    Growth Financial Services Limited, connected to hedge fund boss Christopher Mills, donated £50,000 to UKIP.

    Robin Birley, club owner and Zac Goldsmith's half-brother, gave £50,000 to UKIP.